‘Candyman’ slashes way toward No. 1 box office spot
Film-Candyman This image released by Universal Pictures shows Michael Hargrove as Sherman Fields in a scene from "Candyman," directed by Nia DaCosta. (Universal Pictures and MGM Pictures via AP) (Uncredited)LOS ANGELES — (AP) — “Candyman” hooked the top spot at the North American box office. 1 over second place “Free Guy,” which scored first place at the box office the previous two weekends. Dergarabedian believes the box office could experience some growing pains in the coming weeks. “You’re going to have a very top-heavy box office and particularly for films that are available on streaming,” he said.wftv.com
Oscars invite Steven Yeun, Issa Rae, others to join Academy
(AP Photo) (Uncredited)Steven Yeun, Nathan Lane, Issa Rae, Robert Pattinson, Janet Jackson, Leslie Odom Jr. and Laverne Cox are among the artists being invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The organization that puts on the Oscars said Thursday that 395 film industry professionals, 46% of whom are women and 39% from an underrepresented group, have been invited to join the 2021 class. If they accept, which most do, they will have voting privileges at next year’s Oscars. With this new class, the Academy said its total membership is now 33% women and 19% underrepresented groups. The Academy has said it remains committed to broadening its own lens over the next few years.wftv.com
The AP names its Breakthrough Entertainers of 2020
Making a breakthrough in pop culture during any year is hard. This year's five Associated Press’ Breakthrough Entertainers of the Year managed to create buzz and art against a year like no other. They brightened a 2020 that badly needed light. They are Anya Taylor-Joy, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Daisy Edgar-Jones, Sarah Cooper and Finneas. "Now as an adult, I’m like, ‘I live in Narnia.’ Like, this is amazing.” In a year like 2020, it was appropriate that millions escaped with her.
Daywatch: Signs of COVID-19 resurgence in Illinois, ex-top cop sued for sexual misconduct and the real story behind ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’
On Friday, Netflix will release its much-anticipated film “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” starring Eddie Redmayne, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jeremy Strong, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Carroll Lynch and many more top actors. But this movie is not just a star-studded drama; this film is based on real-world events that happened in Chicago. Here’s a breakdown of the events leading up to the trial.chicagotribune.com